Great post, just stumble in here. Some fantastic photos Matt, you certainly have the eye and for someone like me who never takes any pics, thanks for sharing.
I’d like to say well done and goes to prove a point, you don’t need to spend 14k on metal panniers to enjoy the world on a bike. I have fond memories of the first bike trip myself and a friend from school did when we were 16 on 50cc’s, it was daunting to be travelling on our own, one tent two sleeping bags. At 35mph we didn’t get that far over that bank holiday weekend but it was great experience.